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Artículo Nasa’s new images of Jupiter’s red spot will fill you with awe and fear News


Nasa’s new images of Jupiter’s red spot will fill you with awe and fear



Playground Redaccion

13 Julio 2017 13:58

The storm continues to intrigue both scientists and civillians 


Sometimes just thinking about the vast expanse of space outside the earth is enough to make our brains hurt. Apparently, our limited cognitive abilities do not allow us to even comprehend the universe coherently. Infinity is, in fact, beyond our reach.


Spot spotted! #JunoCam raw images from my #Jupiter #GreatRedSpot flyby are available now. Download, process + share

— NASA's Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) July 12, 2017 "> when Nasa shared the closest images ever captured of Jupiter’s red spot, everyone was bound to be shook. Anticyclonic storms; gas giants; a red hot mass of destruction. But of course people were enamoured by the extraordinary pictures as well.

Nasa’s Juno mission was able to capture photographs of the huge storm during its first close-up flyby. After the raw data was released to the public, citizen scientists and experts were invited to share their own retouched versions of Jupiter’s red spot, in beautiful detail. Juno programme scientist at Nasa HQ in Washington, Jared Espley, told The Guardian: ‘The main impression I have is the beauty of them. These are works of natural art.’

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The flyby took place on Monday and passed as close as 9000km from the 16,000km red spot, and only 3500km above the planet itself. This is the closest a spacecraft has ever flown over Jupiter. The $1.1bn Juno spacecraft launched in 2011 and reached Jupiter’s orbit in July 2016, taking a whopping six years to travel 2.8bn km. What scientists primarily want to find out from the probe is the makeup of the planet: magnetic field, radiation environment, and whether the planet has a hard core or is just made up of gas.